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Sep 25th
1:10 pm

Senate Meeting – President’s Address


Agenda Distributed On
Sunday, September 20th 2020



Friday, September 25, 2020, 
1:10 p.m.
Remotely via Zoom


REPORT OF THE SECRETARY – Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the Senate

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORT – Jonathan Holloway, University President

  • Administrative Report
  • Questions and Answers

PROTECTING THE STUDENT VOTE IN 2020 – Senator Elizabeth Matto, Director of RU Voting-Rutgers, Eagleton Institute of Politics

With a global pandemic raging and college students displaced, voting practices and norms are upended. Without a concerted effort by colleges and universities to help students adjust to new environmental considerations in order to cast their ballot, there will be a considerable drop-off in the youth vote among our students and students across the country, with a potentially devastating impact on our democracy and their futures. Professor Elizabeth Matto, director of RU Voting-Rutgers, will offer advice and share resources that stakeholders across all facets of the campus can use to support students as they seek to exercise their right to vote this fall.


  • Academic Standards, Regulations, and Admissions Committee – Babu Dasari and Robert Schwartz, Co-Chairs
  • Budget and Finance Committee – Menahem Spiegel, Chair
  • Faculty and Personnel Affairs Committee – Farid Alizadeh and Joseph Markert, Co-Chairs
  • Information Technology Committee – Adrienne Esposito, Chair
  • Instruction, Curricula, and Advising Committee – Natalie Borisovets, Chair
  • Research, and Graduate and Professional Education Committee – Olga Jarrín, Chair
  • Student Affairs Committee – Elizabeth Matto, Chair
  • University Structure and Governance Committee – Peter Gillett, Chair

NEW BUSINESS  [Note: Article IV.A. of the Senate Bylaws states, “All new matters shall be referred to committee before coming to the Senate (unless extenuating circumstances apply, as indicated under section C.4…” Also, the Senate Executive Committee has authorized committee-of-the-whole discussions under New Business as appropriate, and time permitting.]






*Note: Addition of items to the Agenda requires a two-thirds vote. There is an overall time limit of 3 hours for Senate meetings. Specific time limits are set for questions and debate, not for presentation of reports. After approval, extension of time limits requires a two-thirds vote.

Remaining 2020-21 University Senate Meetings
[Fall 2020:  All meetings will be held virtually in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines set forth by President Holloway in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring 2021: Unless otherwise noted and if large gathering restrictions are not continued, meetings will be held in the Multipurpose Room, College Avenue Student Center, College Avenue Campus in New Brunswick.]

October 16, 2020
November 20, 2020
December 11, 2020
January 22, 2021
February 19, 2021 (Newark)
March 26, 2021
April 30, 2021
 (The April 30 meeting may convene at 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. This meeting is the last of this year’s Senate, but will begin with the first meeting of next year’s Senate, at which Senate officers, Executive Committee members, and board representatives will be elected. The start time will be determined by the Senate EC in April 2021.)



MINUTES: Regular Meeting of the University Senate

DATE: September 25, 2020

TIME AND PLACE: 1:10 p.m., Remotely via Zoom

MEMBERS PRESENT: Adya; Ahmed; Albert; Alexander-Floyd; Alizadeh; Allamand; Ameri; Anderson Eloy; Aubert; Avallone; Bachmann; Baldi; Barbarese; Barone; Bekdash; Bhatt; Bhattacharya; Bhuyan; Bogden; Boikess; Boison; Borisovets; Bridgeman; Britton; Buyske; Cabrera; Cantor; Castaneda; Cavanagh; Chefitz; Chiu; Choo; Cohen; Coleman; Cooper; Crews; Dane; Dasari; Davidson; Ding; Dool; Drazer; Dreyer; Ebert; Esposito; Everett; Farley; Farmer; Farris; Fellenz;  Fernandez Arroyo; Figueira; Foster; Garcia; Gillett; Giraud; Gohel; Gomes;  Goonetilleke; Gower; Granadeiro; Gursoy; Haley; Hara; Hatefi; Hodes; Holdom; Holloway; Huang; Hunter; Hunter-Fratzola; Hurd; Immidisetti; Jarrín Montaner; Joergensen; Kane; Kashalikar;  Kiss; Kosar; Kothari; Kovacs; Lamar; Linardopoulos; Lutz; Lyles; Maglione Rico; Mahajan-Cusack; Maloney; Mansukhani; Marchetta; Markowitz; Marsic; Matto; Mayes;  McKeever; Mena-Segovia; Mendicino; Menifield; Mickelsen; Miranti; Molloy; Morton; Mutcherson; O’Connor; Oberle; Oliver; Ozel; Parsa; Paskhover; Pedro-Santiago; Pichugin; Pinto-Figueroa; Piotrowski; Potter; Potter; Rabinowitz; Ribau; Rivera; Roth; Sacks;  Sahota; Saltzman; Schroth; Schwartz; Schwartz; Sesti; Shapses; Shinbrot; Shobut; Siederer; Silver; Simonds; Smith; Song; Spiegel; Stephenson; Strom; Struble; Szatrowski; Takhistov; Thakuriah; Thompson; Todorinova; Tommasi; Trees; Valverde; Vargas; Vellangany;  Ventura-Martinez; Virani; Volino; Ward; Warde; Wayne; White; Willett; Winters; Wirtenberg; Yamaoka

EXCUSED: Fox; Lawson; Markert; Murphy; Vidal; Walkup

ABSENT: Atkins; Ayad; Bator; Beegan; Blanchett; Brienza-Arcilla; Chadalvada; Chen; Cifelli;  Cole; Conway; Eaton; English; Fadahunsi; Feldman; Flynn; Guo; Halkitis; Henderson; Hsueh;  Ibrahim; Johnson; Joy; Kaplun; Kaye; Kettle; Kukor; Kustka; Lei; Liu; Lopez; Maddox Douglas; Madson; Mahon; March; Marchitello; Marsh; Mazurek; Moore; Nath; Nelson;  Nickitas; Patel; Ponzio; Rajan; Ryan; Shankar; Shapiro; Sinacori; Stephens; Stern; Tan; Veysey; Wang; Williams


Senate Chair Jon Oliver called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. He welcomed all present to the first Senate meeting of the 2020-21 academic year, especially those present for the first time. He thanked all Senators for their service to shared governance at Rutgers. Oliver then introduced himself, Senate Vice Chair and Parliamentarian Peter Gillett, and Senate Executive Secretary Mary Mickelsen. He noted that the highlight of the meeting would be the President’s Address by Rutgers’ President Jonathan Holloway and a presentation by Senator Elizabeth Matto on Protecting the Student Vote 2020. He briefly reviewed the procedures on how Senators and guests are to speak during meetings especially reviewing how to conduct Senate business remotely. Oliver also explained how senators are asked to propose charges to the Executive Committee and reminded all in attendance that he is committed to starting Senate meetings on time, exactly 1:10 p.m.

REPORT OF THE SECRETARY – Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS – Jonathan Holloway, University President

Oliver introduced President Holloway and he then proceeded to present the President’s Address. Oliver then expounded on the format and process for the question-and-answer period. President Holloway then responded to questions from his report and other Rutgers-community issues such as:

  • Faculty Pay Equity Program
  • Student access to health care and the Rutgers Student Health Insurance Plan
  • Student mental health and wellness and grant funding to support services
  • Strategic institutional clarity
  • Potential merger of RWJMS and NJMS and the possible issues surrounding the residency match program
  • Alternative work schedules and concrete telecommuting opportunities post-pandemic
  • Student member on the Board of Governors with the right to vote
  • Health benefits for Part-Time Lecturers

PROTECTING THE STUDENT VOTE IN 2020Senator Elizabeth Matto, Director of RU Voting-Rutgers, Eagleton Institute of Politics

Senator Elizabeth Matto, director of RU Voting-Rutgers, offered advice and shared resources that stakeholders across all facets of the campus can use to support students as they seek to exercise their right to vote this fall.

INTRODUCTION OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND THEIR CHAIRS – Oliver introduced the standing committee chairs, who then spoke briefly about their committees’ activities and plans.

OLD BUSINESS: There was no old business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no new business.

SENATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT – Senate Vice Chair Peter Gillett reported on the September 4, 2020 Senate Executive Committee meeting.

REPORTS OF CAMPUS FACULTY AND STUDENT LIAISONS: Camden Faculty Senator, Sam Rabinowitz reported on the last meeting of the Camden Faculty Council. New Brunswick Student Senator Gavin Mayes reported on recent plans and activities of New Brunswick student governing associations. Faculty Senator Tugrul Ozel, New Brunswick Faculty Council Chair, reported on the New Brunswick Faculty Council meeting held on September 18. Sarah Shobut, Newark Student Senator reported on the recent activities of the Newark students. Senators Carol Lutz and Laura Willett reported on the plans and activities of the RBHS Faculty Council.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting adjourned at 3:58 p.m.

Minutes prepared by:

Mary Mickelsen, Executive Secretary of the University Senate

Present Senators

Monica Adya Amna Ahmed Ann Albert Nikol Alexander-Floyd Farid Alizadeh Carole Allamand Mason Ameri Jean Anderson Eloy Anne-Catherine Aubert Margaret Avallone Andrea Baldi Joseph Barbarese Joseph Barone Rola Bekdash Vrushank Bhatt Debashish Bhattacharya Sanjib Bhuyan John Bogden Robert Boikess Detlev Boison Natalie Borisovets Mary Bridgeman Dana Britton Steve Buyske Jonathan Cabrera Nancy Cantor Ricky Castaneda Margaret Cavanagh Dalya Chefitz Harrison Chiu Jessey Choo Arielle Cohen Tynisha Coleman Taryn Cooper Russell Crews Perry Dane Babu Dasari Tyrone Davidson Brian Ding Rick Dool German Drazer William Dreyer Gary Ebert Adrienne Esposito Brian Everett Alisa Farley Antoinette Farmer Thomas Farris Chazz Fellenz Laura Fernandez Arroyo Thomas Figueira Lucille Foster Cathryn Garcia Peter Gillett Ralph Giraud Nina Gohel Jessica Gomes Lasantha Goonetilleke Michael Gower Andre Granadeiro Kemal Gursoy Anna Haley Masanori Hara Arash Hatefi Rachel Hodes Joseph Holdom Jonathan Holloway Bingru Huang Arlene Hunter Christine Hunter-Fratzola Maureen Hurd Amanda Immidisetti Olga Jarrín Montaner John Joergensen Cecelia Kane Abhishek Kashalikar Geza Kiss Luz Kosar Neil Kothari Kathryn Kovacs Valentine Lamar Nicholas Linardopoulos Carol Lutz Rhonda Lyles Valerie Maglione Rico Lisa Mahajan-Cusack Krisellen Maloney Rupal Mansukhani Josephine Marchetta Norman Markowitz Ivan Marsic Elizabeth Matto Gavin Mayes Kenneth McKeever Juan Mena-Segovia Moriah Mendicino Charles Menifield Mary Mickelsen Paul Miranti Christopher Molloy Patricia Morton Kimberly Mutcherson James O'Connor Jennifer Oberle Jon Oliver Houshang Parsa Boris Paskhover Brianna Pedro-Santiago Alexander Pichugin Sofia Pinto-Figueroa Suzanne Piotrowski Jonathan Potter Cathryn Potter Sam Rabinowitz Miguel Ribau Alicia Rivera Monica Roth Bryan Sacks Amrik Sahota Cynthia Saltzman Kevin Schroth Robert Schwartz Stacy Schwartz Federico Sesti Sue Shapses Troy Shinbrot Sarah Shobut Martin Siederer Deborah Silver Adrienne Simonds Barbara Sinacori Morgan Smith Weijie Song Menahem Spiegel Johanna Stephenson Brian Strom Thomas Struble Ted Szatrowski Paul Takhistov Ivanok Tavarez Piyushimita Thakuriah Karen Thompson Lily Todorinova Mario Tommasi Frances Trees Sean Valverde Cecilia Vargas Isaac Vellangany Camila Ventura-Martinez Jay Virani Lucio Volino Xiangyue "Max" Wang Jose Ward Heidi Warde Robert Wayne Carolyne White Laura Willett David Winters Jeana Wirtenberg Marie Yamaoka Tuğrul Özel

Excused Senators

Daniel Fox Laura Lawson Joseph Markert Kyle Murphy Barbara Sinacori Erich Vidal James Walkup

Absent Senators

Anil Ardeshna Rahshida Atkins Mark Ayad Gloria Bachmann Christine Bator Gerald Beegan Wanda Blanchett Diane Brienza-Arcilla Saketa Chadalvada Jiuyang Chen David Cifelli Peter Cole Francine Conway Adrienne Eaton Devin English Tolulope Fadahunsi Cecile Feldman Linda Flynn Grace Guo Perry Halkitis Taja-Nia Henderson Wayne Hsueh Maria Ibrahim Robert Johnson Abin Joy Elizabeth Kaplun Rachel Kaye John Kettle Jerome Kukor Adam Kustka Lei Lei Liping Liu David Lopez Lisa Maddox Douglas Luke Madson Gwendolyn Mahon Peter March Howard Marchitello Margaret Marsh Monica Mazurek Joel Miller David Moore Badri Nath Kenneth Nelson Donna Nickitas Suja Patel Nicholas Ponzio Julie Rajan Sharon Ryan Nuria Sagarra Nikita Shankar Michael Shapiro Thomas Stephens Zhiqiang Tan Bonita Veysey Xiaojue Wang Willie Ray Williams

Committee Meetings

Academic Standards, Regulations & Admissions Committee Meeting

CASC Room 413 @ 10:30 am

Budget & Finance Committee Meeting

CASC, Atrium Conference Room @ 10:00 am

Faculty Affairs & Personnel Committee Meeting

CASC Room 411 @ 10:30 am

Information Technology Committee Meeting

TBD @ 10:00 am

Instruction, Curricula & Advising Committee Meeting

Alexander Library, University Librarian's Conference Room, 3rd Fl @ 10:00 am

Research, Graduate & Professional Education Committee Meeting

CASC, Room 109 @ 10:00 am

Student Affairs Committee Meeting

CASC, Graduate Student Lounge @ 10:30 am

University Structure & Governance Committee

CASC, Room 115 @ 10:00 am

Caucus Meetings

Faculty Caucus Meeting

CASC Room 411 @ 12:00 pm

Student Caucus Meeting

CASC, Graduate Student Lounge @ 12:00 pm

Alumni Caucus Meeting

CASC Room 413 @ 12:00 pm

Staff Caucus Meeting

CASC, Atrium Conference Room @ 12:00 pm